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Canada Adds Most New Residents in Years as Restrictions Ease

People sit on a dock along the skyline during sunset in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 19. 

People sit on a dock along the skyline during sunset in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 19. 

Photographer: Christopher Katsarov Luna/Bloomberg

Canada welcomed the largest number of newcomers in years in July amid an improving Covid-19 backdrop, which allowed the government to begin easing travel restrictions for new arrivals.

The nation admitted 39,500 permanent residents during the month, according to the immigration ministry. That’s the highest monthly total since at least 2015 and is on top of the nearly 35,700 permanent residents in June.